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Radford University

Radford, VA 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate93%

Radford University Admissions

The acceptance rate at Radford University is 93%. Last year, 11,442 students applied to Radford University and 10,680 were admitted.

If you are thinking about applying to Radford University, there is no application fee, which means it is free to apply.

Students who submit their applications to Radford University for fall semester should anticipate a decision by April 1.

Radford University Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of Radford University's admissions stats.

Radford University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.4
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 9%
Mean SAT Score 1058
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 26%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 3%
Waitlist Yes

Radford University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Radford University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No
Early Decision II
Early Action Yes December 1 January 15

Want to Apply Early to Radford University?

Radford University does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is December 1. Radford University will release EA admissions decisions no later than January 15.

Radford University accepts roughly 88% of early action applicants and 93% all applicants for all deadlines. In 2022, Radford University admitted 7,174 of the 8,194 who applied early action.

Some students apply early because they believe it will increase their chances of getting in. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase the chance of acceptance, since it shows your interest in a school.

➡️ See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Radford University Admissions

Transferring to Radford University

For more information on transferring to Radford University, contact the school directly.

For Students Waitlisted to Radford University

Radford University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Radford University?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are they consider most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Radford University

Wondering what factors are considered by Radford University during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Class Rank Considered
Application Essay Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Interview Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with Radford University for more information on admission factors.

Radford University Application Requirements

To apply to Radford University, all applicants must submit the following items. Check in with Radford University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Radford University?

Students admitted to Radford University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.4.

Out of all students that were admitted, 61% submitted a class rank. At Radford University 9% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 29% were in the top 25% and 61% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Radford University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 17%
3.75 and 3.99 12%
3.50 and 3.74 15%
3.25 and 3.49 17%
3.00 and 3.24 17%
2.50 and 2.9 20%
2.00 and 2.49 2%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Radford University directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Radford University is test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 26% of Radford University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 3% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Radford University?

To be competitive with other Radford University applicants, you should strive to earn between 970 and 1160 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Radford University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1160 and 25% of scored lower than 970, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Radford University student is 1058.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Radford University students scored 560 or higher and 75% of students scored 490 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Radford University students scored 600 or higher, and 75% scored a 490 or higher.

To be most competitive at Radford University, you should strive to earn between 19 and 23 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 23 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Radford University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 23, and three out of four students scored lower than 23 on the ACT.

A 19 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Radford University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 19.

More Information on Transferring to Radford University

Transfer students can enroll in Radford University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

Radford University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Radford University?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Radford University.

Does Radford University accept transfer credits?

✅ Radford University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Radford University accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Does Radford University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Radford University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Radford University?

❌ No, Radford University is test optional, so you can decide if you want to to send your test scores. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you may want to send them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is Radford University's acceptance rate?

✅ Radford University's acceptance rate is 93%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Radford University?

❌ Radford University does not offer early decision.

What is the early action acceptance rate at Radford University?

✅ The early action acceptance rate at Radford University was 88% in 2021.

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Radford University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Not available

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Radford University is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Radford University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

970 - 1160


Math SAT Range

470 - 560


Reading SAT Range

490 - 600

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1160 and Above


970 to 1160


970 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Radford University students is 1058. Applicants with SAT scores of 1160 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Radford University, while applicants with SAT scores between 970 to 1160 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 970 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Radford University.

Radford University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Radford University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.41. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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